You’ve read the PMBOK Guide, you’ve studied hard and you feel that you are ready to take the PMP exam. But understanding the topics isn’t the only thing you’ll need to make a success of the exam. Wouldn’t it be great to 2022 Jamb expo have the chance to take some sample questions, so you really know what the exam is going to be like?
You can use a PMP exam simulator to give you an insight into what sort of questions you’ll face during the exam. Here are 10 things to look for when choosing which PMP exam simulator to use:
1. Does it have full exam mode?
Choose a simulator that offers full exam mode. This will show you what the PMP exam is really like. With full exam mode, you can take a complete practice exam in your own home or office. It’s very realistic, and taking practice exams like this will help you understand what to expect on the day.
2. Does it have lots of questions?
You don’t want to be sitting at the computer after a day of studying and find that the same questions appear on the screen time and time again. Choose a PMP exam simulator that has lots of questions, preferably over 1,500. This will give you plenty of variety. Varied questions are more challenging, more interesting for you, and make your experience of the simulator more realistic.
3. Are the questions presented in the same proportion as in the exam?
Having lots of questions is only half the story: you also need to make sure that the questions presented on screen are shown in the same proportion as in the PMP exam itself. For example, in the real exam, 13% of the questions will come from Initiating a Project. If your PMP exam simulator shows too few or too many questions from this section, you won’t get a realistic view of what you’ll be presented with on your exam day.
4. Is the vendor a PMI Registered Education Provider?
A Registered Education Provider (R.E.P) is an organization approved by PMI to issue PDUs for its training materials. You might not have your PMP certification yet, but get into good habits now and make sure that you use a PMP exam simulator from a reputable, PMI approved company.
5. Who wrote the questions?
You want to know who is behind all these questions, don’t you? Try to find a PMP exam simulator that has questions written by a group of PMPs. That way, you know that behind the scenes the question writers have adapted a variety of styles, debated over the answers and the phrasing, and peer reviewed each others’ work.
6. Is there a ‘mark for review’ feature?
In the real exam, you’ll see the ‘mark for review’ feature. This enables you to put a question to one side for the moment and return to it at the end. Don’t let a difficult question take up all of your time. In the real exam, you’ll want to skip it and complete as many of the questions as possible, then go back to the ones you have marked for review. A good PMP exam simulator will let you do the same.
7. Does it have a learning mode?
There’s more to PMP exam preparation than just taking practice exams. You can also use a PMP simulator to help you learn. In learning mode, you can get hints for the questions, or you can see the answer to the question. This is useful if you want to consolidate what you have learned so far.
8. Does it explain why you got questions wrong?
You also need to know why you got questions wrong! It’s very frustrating to just see ‘Wrong’ on the screen without an explanation or a reference back to other materials so that you can revise your understanding of that concept. A good PMP exam simulator will explain the rationale and help you understand why you made a mistake.